Here’s something a little different for Tuner Tuesday! Last July and September respectively I wrote up two terribly expensive and terribly tuned 911 convertibles. The first was a Strosek 911 Turbo S Speedster back in July, and the second was a 1977 911 Targa that was converted into a 993-bodied turbo cabriolet that was simply marvelous if you believed the interior. In a not particularly surprising development, both are back up for sale having had no takers the first time around. The question I pose to our readers is which is a better (or worse?) deal? I’ve put my original posts below starting with the 1977 and I wasn’t particularly complimentary to either, but let me know in the comments which is really “what not to wear”?
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Tuner Tuesday “What Not To Wear” Porsche Faceoff – 1977 911 Turbo Cabriolet v. 1994 Strosek 911 Turbo S Widebody Speedster
I’m going to segue for just a moment to a pop culture phenomena – Keeping Up With The Kardashians. You see, you can sit around all you’d like and say that it’s horrible television – or indeed, that television in and of itself is horrible. You can say it’s exploitation or reverse exploitation. You can say that Kris and Caitruce are atrocious parents. Yet, one thing is for certain; there is money associated with the name and the program, and people apparently really want to watch and partake in them. They want to smell and look like the Kardashians, they want to know about their love and sex lives, they want to see fat Rob going out in public. In short, people want to see the train wreck in progress, and the Kardashians are brilliantly cashing in all the way. Like it or not, Kim Kardashian has repeatedly been the highest paid reality star in the world and makes not just millions, but tens of millions of dollars for her exploits. Clearly, they’re doing something right – or so horribly wrong, people can’t help but bear witness.
Enter Strosek. Strosek has a reputation. That reputation is for creating…well, monstrosities out of seemingly innocent and well meaning Porsches. And yet, they’re not alone. There is Rinspeed, who similarly custom-destroy cars on a regular basis. Then there were other crazy tuners, such as Konig, who tried to turn everything into a Ferrari Testarossa…badly. But Strosek had a unique talent for really creating horribly ugly versions of desirable cars. Yet, they must be doing something right – first off, people actually went to Strosek and bought the cars. Yes, I know that’s amazing, but not only that – they paid Strosek a lot of money to build them. And here we are, talking about them over two decades on. They made an impact, and like a train derailing at high speed, we are helpless but to watch the carnage that ensues from the moment the paperwork is signed until something like this custom widebody Speedster emerges from their works:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Strosek Turbo S Widebody on eBay
If the BMW E30 market has been crazy over the past few years in terms of appreciation, it’s really nothing compared to the Porsche 911 market. From cars that were worth between $50,000 to $75,000 not many years ago, suddenly we see early 911s worth triple or four times that amount. Make that car a special model, such as a 73 RS, and you’re looking at a top value around $800,000 and climbing; around $650,000 more than it would set you back only 7 years ago. This has resulted in many other models of the 911 being pulled up, and one of the more recent special models that has continued to have a strong market following is the Speedster model. However, does that increased value get boosted or negated when you look at a modified version of the original – a car like this Strosek wide body version of the 1994 Speedster:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Strosek Speedster on eBay
The name Speedster is one of the most mythical nameplates to grace a Porsche. It appeared recently as a limited run 997 model and has since graced two other 911 variants and the 356 a half century ago. I’m a big fan of the 964 in general, particularly the Speedster variant. Noted Porsche tuner Strosek decided to have a go at modifying this rare vehicle and the results are, well, subjective to say the least. This Martime Blue Strosek Speedster for sale in Florida has a little over 12,000 miles on the clock and provides a window back to the mid 1990s era of tuning.
Model: 911 Speedster Strosek
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 12,800 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Strosek on eBay
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This is 1994 Porsche Speedster Strosek by Factory Strosek. This is not an imitation!
Started life as a 1994 Factory Porsche Speedster
The factory color is maritime blue with the maritime blue accent interior.
Only 12,800 miles.
Clear Bra on nose and many areas and edges to protect the car.
Strosek Floor Mats
All owners manuals, all keys, complete car.
No accidents! Clean title!
Many more photos available!
Is a modded 964 Speedster worth more than a bone stock factory version? Even though Stroksek is a known commodity, Speedsters of all kinds bring big dollars. Many enthusiasts will agree that mods like this don’t help the vehicle’s cause. Regardless, there’s a market for everything. Whether this Strosek will meet its reserve and ecplise stock 964 Speedster values will leave this as an interesting auction to watch.
The 928 is certainly one of the most unique GT cars from the 80’s. Some love the looks, others…not so much. Well, if you hate the 928, you may want to turn away now, because this Strosek Version 3 928 is certainly not for everyone.
In 1984 Vittorio Strosek broke off from German tuner Koenig and built his own vision on the Porsche’s flagship 928. One of the first aftermarket tuners for the 928 Strosek filled a niche in the market with his wild designs. Along with the body kits, which are totally ’80s Strosek also offered tuning packages for the 928 so it had the grunt to match the looks. Strosek offered 2 levels of tuning, a mild 310bhp cam and cylinder head upgrade for the reserved, and a 405bhp twin turbo version for the all out speed junkies.
While not clear how complete (or extreme) the Strosek conversion is on this barely used 928, one thing is for sure if you played Atari in your teens, this car is right up your alley.
Model: 928 Strosek Version 3
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Up for sale 1981 Porsche 928 With only 47,000 Miles and CLEAN TITLE this vehicle has a body kit from STROSEK DHAUS AUTO SPORT. For more info please call (267) 664-1856
This car is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you’re a fan of ’80s tuning it is exactly what the doctor ordered. This car looks like it came out of a collection, as the conversion is clean and complete right down to the OZ futura wheels. Strosek used the OZ wheels circa 1987, which leads me to believe that’s when the Version 3 treatment was done.
We’ve run in to this before several times. What is something like this worth? Strosek certainly wasn’t a household name like AMG or Gemballa, but they are rare none the less. A bone stock 928 of this age with only 47,000 miles should fetch in the $12,000 ballpark. If you add in the rarity and the modifications, this car should fetch somewhere around $17,000. If it’s a twin turbo car, upwards of $20,000. The fact that it is not priced leads me to believe that the asking price is top dollar.